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Melbourne Farmers Markets

We love shopping at Melbourne Farmers markets. They are places with fresh locally grown food that have real taste - where tomatoes still taste like tomatoes.

At these Saturday or Sunday morning markets farmers from around the region sell their freshly harvested products direct to the public.

What you can buy is 'real food', slow food, and chat to the farmers about their experiences.

This is where chefs shop and acquire the untainted edible spoils of the season.

It is not cheap, but we find that, since shopping like that, we are throwing out less and eating much better. You just feel good about what you eat!

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Farmers Market Melbourne

There is a sense of community and fun, and they are great places to hang out or have breakfast.

The Benefits of Farmers Markets
  • Produce is tasty and fresh (commercial food is factory farmed, picked early, stored for months, gassed to ripen and waxed for shine)!
  • Produce is in season - it is picked at the peak of flavour and is often organic, or at least chemical free.
  • Low carbon footprint - plastic bag free and locally grown, saves on transport mileage.
  • Produce is homemade and handmade – nothing is commercially processed.

Melbourne Farmers markets have become very popular in the last decade and are springing up everywhere. There are various levels of accreditation for Farmers Markets – resulting in a vide array of markets:

Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets

The four Community Farmers Markets have become very hip and trendy. You can buy extraordinary delicatessen, as well as great tasting carrots and broccoli, delicious breakfasts and coffee. They are community based and open Saturday mornings till 1pm.

Each market is accredited: All stall holders are individual growers and farmers, with hands-on involvement in the production of their products. Resellers are not permitted.

There is fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheeses, bread, cakes, flowers and artisan foods. Products are guaranteed GM-free, and grown and produced with no or minimal chemicals. Organic produce is certified.

  • Veg Out St Kilda - 1st Saturday of the month. This grew out of a local community initiative that created garden plots on the site of the abandoned St Kilda bowling club - that was about to be developed into a carpark.

    Peanut Farm Reserve, Chaucer Street, St Kilda.

  • Collingwood Children's Farm - 2nd Saturday of the month. This community owned market has been voted Australia’s Outstanding Farmers’ Market for 2010. It started in 2002 as a profile raiser for the imminent danger of losing the Collingwood Farm to a housing development. It has flourished with continued community support.

    St Heliers St, Abbotsford

  • Gasworks Albert Park - 3rd Saturday of the month. This community growers market is located within the Gasworks Arts Park, a community arts precinct on the site of the former South Melbourne gas production plant.

    21 Graham Street, Albert Park

  • Slow Food Melbourne - 4th Saturday of the month. This farmers market is located in the picturesque Abbotsford convent. Here you can learn about Slow Food principles and projects.

    St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Organic Farmers’ Markets

This may be the next level of Melbourne Farmers Markets, with everything not only grown by local farmers, but certified organic. Visiting these markets you can learn why organic food is important - for you, the environment and the community – and be part of a movement that supports this.

  • CERES Organic Market - every Wednesday & Saturday morning. Vegetables and fruit are, if possible, harvested from the CERES organic market gardens. This market is growing, with a greater product range in development.

    8 Lee Street East Brunswick.

  • Organic Farmers’ Market at Queen Victoria Markets - 1st Sunday of the month. Meet the growers and food artisans – and find a large collection of certified Organic Produce. Queen Victoria Market.

Victorian Farmer’s Markets Association

Perhaps slightly less stringent than the markets listed above, are the authentic Melbourne farmers markets - accredited by the Victorian Farmer’s Markets Association. They offer predominantly local fresh food and produce that is fresh and straight of the farm, as well as associated value added primary products.

All four community markets above belong to this organization, as well as following others - all open till lunch:

  • Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers’ Market - every Sunday. This is the first of the Melbourne farmers markets established by this Association - with a guarantee that all stallholders grow or make the goods they sell.Federation Hall, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale.
  • Kingston Farmers’ Market - every 1st Saturday of the month. It is run by the local council and Rotary Club, with a wide range of produce including organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oils, breads and meats.

    Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Hwy & Bay St, Highett.

  • Boroondara Farmers’ Market - 3rd Saturday of the month.

    Patterson Reserve, Auburn Rd, East Hawthorn.

  • Park Orchards Farmers’ Market - 3rd Saturday of the month, run by two community groups, the Park Orchards Ratepayers Assoc. Inc and the Park Orchards Lions.

    1-15 Hopetown Rd, Park Orchards.

  • Mt Eliza - 4th Sunday of the month. Mt Eliza Way & Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza, near Frankston.
  • Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market - 1st Sunday of the month, at Fergusons Paddock on Arthurs Creek Road in Hurstbridge, in the Yarra Valley.
  • Casey-Berwick Farmer’s Market - 4th Saturday of the month. This market is run by the Berwick Rotary Club.

    The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick.

Australian Farmers Markets Association

Then there is the Australian Farmers Markets Association that has an even larger number of Melbourne farmers markets on its list.

It defines these as a predominantly fresh food markets that provide a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added processed food products directly to customers – so not quiet as stringent.

  1. Bundoora Park Farmers' Market - 1st Saturday, Bundoora Park, Bundoora.
  2. Spotswood Farmers’ Market - 1st Saturday. Lot of organic produce! Spotswood Primary School, Melbourne Rd, Spotswood.
  3. North Melbourne Farmers’ Market - 1st Sunday. A true authentic farmers market with a vast array of "Victorian only" produce, with most stallholders playing a role in the production process. 210 Errol St, North Melbourne.
  4. Caulfield Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday. Great range of deli-style foods as well as fresh produce. Neerim Booran Rds, Caulfield.
  5. Croydon Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday, a Regional Farmers Market operating with strict criteria in regards to authentic produce. Hewish Rd, Croydon.
  6. North Essendon Village Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday. Leake St & Lincoln Rd, Essendon.
  7. Pakenham Rotary Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday. Pakenham Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Pakenham.
  8. Sunbury Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday. The Gate House, 1 Macedon St, Sunbury.
  9. Whitehorse Farmers’ Market - 2nd Sunday, run by the local council. Lots of fresh farm-sourced and organic food products and delicatessen! Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading.
  10. Williamstown Farmers’ Market - 2nd Sunday. Commonwealth Reserve, Nelsons Place, Williamstown.
  11. Fairfield Farmers’ Market - 3rd Saturday, a great inner-city urban farmers market with a fantastic array of producers & growers and entertainment. Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove St, Fairfield
  12. Wheelers Hill Farmers’ Market - 3rd Saturday. Jells Park South, Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill.
  13. Ashwood Farmers’ Market - 3rd Sunday. Great produce and delicatessen, with entertainment, a children’s animal farm! Vannam Dve & Poplar Ave, Ashwood.
  14. Seaford Farmers’ Market - 3rd Sunday, run by the Frankston Rotary Club: A seasonal range of fresh Victorian produce, as well as craft and bric-a-brac. Broughton Street Reserve, Station St, Seaford.
  15. Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers’ Market - 3rd Sunday. The Barn at Yering Station, 38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen.
  16. Yarraville Gardens Farmers’ Market - 4th Saturday. Yarraville Gardens, Hyde & Somerville Rds, Yarraville.
  17. Templestowe Farmers’ Produce Market - 4th Sunday, run by Rotary. The Manningham Club, 1 Thompsons Rd, Bulleen.
  18. Yarra Glen Railway Farmers’ Market - 4th Sunday. Railway Station, Melba Hwy & Bell St, Yarra Glen.

You don’t necessarily have to go to a Melbourne Farmers Market for fresh food. You can also get some farm produce at local Produce Markets in Melbourne.

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